U.S. News Best Colleges: See New York Schools on 2019 List
U.S. News & World Report is out with the latest edition of its best colleges list. The rankings released Monday reveal the top colleges in the country for 2019, including the best public schools, the best value schools and the top regional colleges and universities.
On the publication’s overall list of best national universities, Princeton University was ranked No. 1 for the eighth year in a row. Harvard University ranked No. 2 on the list while Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University and the University of Chicago tied for No. 3.
In New York, 21 schools made the overall list of best national universities. They are as follows:

  • Columbia University (3)
  • Cornell University (16)
  • New York University (30)
  • University of Rochester (33)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (39)
  • Syracuse University (53)
  • Fordham University (70)
  • Binghamton University—SUNY (80)
  • Stony Brook—SUNY (80)
  • Yeshiva University (80)
  • University at Buffalo—SUNY (89)
  • Clarkson University (102)
  • Rochester Inst. of Technology (102)
  • SUNY Col. of Environmental Science and Forestry (106)
  • Hofstra University (104)
  • University at Albany—SUNY (140)
  • Adelphi University (147)
  • The New School (147)
  • St. John Fisher College (152)
  • St. John’s University (152)
  • Pace University (177)

Additionally, 34 New York schools made U.S. News’ list of top public schools in the following categories:
National Liberal Arts Colleges

  • United States Military Academy (1)
  • Purchase College—SUNY (10)

Regional Universities North

  • SUNY—Geneseo (2)
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute—Alba/Utica (3)
  • CUNY—Baruch College (5)
  • CUNY—Hunter College (6)
  • SUNY—New Paltz (10)
  • SUNY—Oswego (11)
  • SUNY—Fredonia (12)
  • CUNY—City College (14)
  • CUNY—Queens College (14)
  • SUNY College—Oneonta (14)
  • SUNY College—Cortland (17)
  • CUNY—Brooklyn College (19)
  • SUNY Maritime College (19)
  • SUNY College—Potsdam (22)
  • SUNY—Plattsburgh (22)
  • College at Brockport—SUNY (25)
  • SUNY Buffalo State (29)
  • CUNY—Lehman College (37)
  • CUNY—John Jay College of Criminal Justice (46)

Regional Colleges North

  • United States Merchant Marine Academy (2)
  • SUNY College of Technology—Alfred (5)
  • SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology—Cobleskill (7)
  • SUNY College of Technology—Delhi (8)
  • Farmingdale State College—SUNY (9)
  • SUNY College of Technology—Canton (11)
  • SUNY—Morrisville (11)
  • CUNY—York College (15)

“A university is not successful if it does not graduate its students, which is why the Best Colleges rankings place the greatest value on outcomes, including graduation and retention rates,” Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News, said in a press release. “By including social mobility indicators, U.S. News is further recognizing colleges that serve all of their students, regardless of economic status.”
U.S. News explains that its rankings are calculated based on 16 measures of academic quality. The publication groups schools by their academic missions into 10 categories that are then used to determine 10 distinct rankings. The distinct rankings include best national universities, best public schools and so on. The publication also made some notable changes to its methodology, including adding social mobility indicators, eliminating acceptance rate as a factor and reducing the weight it gives to measures like SAT/ACT scores. (You can read more about the methodology here.)
Below are the top five schools in the following categories:
Best National Universities

  • Princeton University (1)
  • Harvard University (2)
  • Columbia University (3)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3)
  • University of Chicago (3)
  • Yale University (3)

Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

  • Williams College (1)
  • Amherst College (2)
  • Swarthmore College (3)
  • Wellesley College (3)
  • Bowdoin College (5)
  • Carleton College (5)
  • Middlebury College (5)
  • Pomona College (5)

Top Public Schools

  • University of California-Los Angeles (1)
  • University of California-Berkeley (2)
  • University of Virginia (3)
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (4)
  • University of California-Santa Barbara (5)
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (5)

Top Public National Liberal Arts Colleges

  • United States Military Academy (1)
  • United States Naval Academy (2)
  • United States Air Force Academy (3)
  • Virginia Military Institute (4)
  • New College of Florida (5)

Best Value Schools (National Universities)

  • Princeton University (1)
  • Harvard University (2)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3)
  • Yale University (4)
  • Stanford University (5)

Best Value Schools (National Liberal Arts Colleges)

  • Williams College (1)
  • Pomona College (2)
  • Amherst College (3)
  • Swarthmore College (4)
  • Principia College (5)

See the full rankings here.
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